Mothers Union

St Philips Mothers Union


Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month at various venues.

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Mothers Union – Mary Sumner Day Celebration

 On Monday 10 August, Celia Fleming, Margaret Clark and I set off on our journey to Christ Church Drouin, to celebrate the founding of the Mother’s Union by Mary Sumner. In 2017, we will be celebrating 125 years of the Mother’s Union. It was an extremely pleasant scenic drive, with the sun shining and hardly any traffic. Gwen remarked on the wattle and the countryside, reminding me of Sussex. We arrived to be greeted by morning tea and were able to explore the wonderful venue. If anyone has not visited Christ Church, it is well worth a visit—a beautiful modern church and annexe, complete with all mod cons.

The service, conducted by the locum Minister, was not quite as planned, because our President, Jenny Macrobb, had had a nasty fall. Though still able to attend, she was unable to participate in the service. Jan Misiurka, the Vice President, filled in admirably. Also, the Australian Prayer Coordinator, Rev Sue Woodcock, who was to speak, was unable to attend as her husband has recently suffered a stroke (our prayers are with them). Approximately 30 ladies attended and took communion. At the end of the service, our President was presented with a framed commendation for all her years of service, which came as a surprise to her and no doubt helped her feel brighter after her accident. She received an ovation from us. The service was followed by lunch and we chatted with other members and friends.

I was fortunate to meet another English migrant whose mother, like mine, had been a Mother’s Union member in England. When we spoke, we discovered our lives had followed a similar pattern. It was strange to think that wartime memories and bombings could be pleasing. She said that, in all her years here, she had never met anyone else with a similar background, so thank you Mother’s Union.
After lunch, we had an entertaining sing song and quiz about our founder. The VP read us Rev Woodcock’s address. It was very thought-provoking; asking us to speak amongst ourselves and think how we would answer some questions: eg “Why did God take this child so young from us?”
There was also a stall which raised about $200 for various charities. We concluded with afternoon tea. The catering was wonderful. We arrived home safely just before all the rain, thunder and lightning.
From the attendees, Margaret Clark, Gwen Peterson and Celia Fleming

Gwen Peterson